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he broke the question to amanda townsend. and they both said yes. the best to both couples. fantastic news. we wish them all the best. so excited for them. that does it for this edition of "360." >> larry: tonight, a holiday musical spectacular. sting. andrea bocelli. ♪ just like the ones i used to know ♪ >> david archuletta. ♪ angels' wings ♪ newborn king >> katherine mcphee. ♪ i'll be home for christmas
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>> larry: kenny rogers. ♪ joy to the world ♪ the lord has come ♪ let earth receive her king >> larry: the harlem alumni ensemble. ♪ >> larry: and shawn king. ♪ round the christmas tree ♪ that changes everything >> larry: and the night before christmas as only queen latifah can read it. it's a special holiday celebration on "larry king live." >> larry: good evening. and happy holidays. we've got a great hoir of beautiful music for you tonight. we'll start it off with something special. sting, he's an amazing artist. put him in an amazing setting and you have something to remember.
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so we kick off tonight with sting. accompanied by the terrific chris botti on trumpet, the old bass carol, "gabriel's message." the setting, the beautiful cathedral church of st. john the divine in manhattan. ♪ ♪ the angel gabriel from heaven came ♪ ♪ his wings as drifted snow ♪ his eyes as flame ♪ all hail said he thou lowly maiden mary ♪ ♪ most highly favored maid gloria ♪
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♪ gloria ♪ gloria ♪ for the blessed above shouts be ♪ ♪ oh generations ♪ ♪ by some shall be emmanuel ♪ foreseers foretold ♪ most highly favored lady ♪ gloria ♪ gloria ♪
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♪ the gentle mary meekly bowed her head ♪ ♪ ♪ to me be as it pleases god she said ♪ ♪ my soul shall laud and magnify his holy name ♪ ♪ most highly favored lady ♪ gloria ♪ gloria ♪ the angel gabriel from heaven came ♪ ♪ his wings as drifted snow ♪ his eyes of flame ♪ all hail said he thou lowly mary ♪ ♪ most highly favored lady ♪ gloria ♪ gloria
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[ applause ] >> larry: we go now from bask hymn to american classic. "white christmas" has had many incarnations, but you'll be hard pressed to find a better one than this one. andrea bocelli's unmatched voice. the famous composer, david foster, is on piano. and the man who wrote it, irving berlin. from bocelli's new album "my christmas." here now is "white christmas." ♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas ♪ ♪ just like the ones i used to know ♪
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where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow ♪ ♪ [ singing in a foreign language ] ♪
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♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas just like the ones i used to know ♪ ♪ where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow ♪ ♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas with every christmas card i write ♪ ♪ may your days be merry and
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bright ♪ ♪ and may all your christmases and may all your christmases and may all your christmases be white ♪
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>> larry: kenny rogers has been bringing joy to the world for decades with his music. kenny's current tour is scheduled to go until june of 2010. to see if he's coming, by the way, to a venue near you, check out his schedule on our web page, cnn.com/larryking.
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he's here tonight from the fox theater in detroit. he will sing the beautiful christmas standard "joy to the world." >> the interesting thing about all of these songs, some of them written hundreds of years ago, as if they were written for the single purpose of keeping alive the greatest story ever told, the story of the birth of the christ child. ♪ jesus was born in a far away land ♪ ♪ i want to know him as best as i can ♪ ♪ tell me the story ♪ of how he was born ♪ there in a manger that first christmas morn ♪ ♪ for me for you
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♪ for everyone ♪ this little child has come ♪ he was the only son ♪ he was the chosen one ♪ chosen to teach us how to love ♪ ♪ joy to the world the lord is come ♪ ♪ let earth receive her king ♪ joy to the world ♪ the lord is come ♪ let earth receive her king ♪ let every heart prepare him
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room ♪ ♪ and heav'n and nature sing and heav'n and nature sing and heav'n and heav'n and nature sing ♪ ♪ he rules the world with truth and grace ♪ ♪ and makes the nations prove ♪ the glories of his righteousness ♪ ♪ and wonders of his love and wonders of his love and wonders wonders of his love ♪ ♪ and wonders of his love and love ♪
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♪ his love [ applause ] (announcer) here's hoping you find something special in your driveway this holiday. ho, ho, ho! (announcer) get an exceptional offer on the mercedes benz you've always wanted at the winter event going on now. but hurry - the offer ends january 4th.
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>> larry: "american i'd ol's" david archuleta has a new holiday album called "christmas from the heart." he performs pat-a-pan. the song has its origins in france. fortunately this performance is in english. archie, take it away. [ singing in a foreign language ]
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♪ ♪ bring your little drum get your fife and come ♪ ♪ be merry while you play tu-re-lu-re-lu pat-a-pat-a-pan ♪ ♪ we will listen as you play for a joyful christmas day ♪ ♪ when the men of olden days gave the king of kings their praise they have pipes on which to play ♪ tu-re-lu-re-lu pat-a-pan ♪ ♪ they had drums on which to play for the joy of christmas day ♪ ♪ oh ♪ god and man became today more in tune than fife and drum so be merry while you play ♪ ♪ tu-re-lu-re-lu pat-a-pat-a-pan ♪ come be merry while you play on this joyous christmas day ♪ ♪ angels' wings
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♪ newborn king ♪ on this joyous day ♪ this joyous christmas day ♪ ♪ god and men became more in tune than fife and drum ♪ ♪ very merry while you play ♪ pat-a-pan ♪ be merry while you play this joyous christmas day ♪ ♪ on the angels wing ♪ to the newborn king ♪ i will sing for the blessed babe ♪ ♪ on this joyous christmas day ♪ oh
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♪ bring your little drum ♪ robin get your fife and come ♪ on this joyous christmas day ♪ come be merry ♪ while you play ♪ on these joyous christmas day ♪ ♪ come be merry while you play ♪ no. you didn't hear it from me, but this malibu, it offers better highway mileage
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>> larry: for many of you watching "the night before christmas," is a story that parents read to you on christmas eve. and now you read it to your own
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children. i'll bet you have never heard it read like this. queen latifah puts her own spin on the classic as she reads to children from the milton hershey school. >> oh, a wonderful christmas story called "the night before christmas." you with it, kids? >> i'm with it. >> good. >> 'twas the night before christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse. the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that st. nicholas soon would be there. the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads. sugarplums. nice. and mama in her kerchief and i in my cap had just settled down for a long winter's nap. when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, i sprang from
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my bed to see what was the matter. away to the window i flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. the moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below. when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. with a little old driver, so lively and quick, i knew in a moment it must be st. nick. more rapid than eagles his course as they came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name. now dasher! now dancer! now prancer, now vixen. on comet, on cupid, on donder and blitzen. to the top of the porch, to the top of the wall. now dash away, dash away, dash
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away all. as dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky. so up to the house top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh fall of toys, and st. nicholas, too. and then in a twinkling, i heard on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. as i drew in my head and was turning around, down the chimney st. nicholas came with a bound. he was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. a bundle of toys he flung on his back. and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. his eyes how they twinkled. his dimples how merry. his cheeks were like roses. his nose like a cherry. his droll little mouth was drawn
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up like a bow. and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow. the stub of a pipe he held tight in his teeth and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath. he had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. he was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf. and i laughed when i saw him in spite of myself. a wink of his eye and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know i had nothing to dread. he spoke not a word but went straight to his work. and filled all the stockings then turned with a jerk. and laying his finger aside of his nose and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. he sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. but i heard him exclaim 'er he drove out of sight, happy
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christmas to all and to all a good night. e he drove out of sight, happy christmas to all and to all a good night. ccccccccccc
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>> larry: there is nothing better at christmastime than the beauty of many voices raised in song. here's the great harlem alumni ensemble to celebrate the season. ♪ ♪ o holy night
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♪ the stars are brightly shining ♪ ♪ it is the night of our dear savior's birth ♪ ♪ long lay the world in sin and error pining ♪ ♪ till he appeared and the soul felt its worth ♪ ♪ a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices ♪ ♪ for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn ♪ ♪ fall on your knees oh, hear
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the angel voices ♪ ♪ o night divine o night when christ was born ♪ ♪ ♪ christ the savior was born ♪ o night divine ♪ ♪ o night divine
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♪ true hearts to love one another ♪ ♪ ♪ his law is love and his gospel is peace ♪ ♪ chains he shall break for the slave is our brother ♪ ♪ and in his name all oppression shall cease ♪ ♪ sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we ♪ ♪ with all our hearts we praise his holy name ♪ ♪ christ is the lord ♪ and i will ever and ever and
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ever sing his praises ♪ ♪ his power and glory forever more ♪ ♪ i will proclaim ♪ i will proclaim ♪ his pow er power and glory ♪ ♪ power and glory ♪ ever we'll proclaim ♪ now and forever more ♪ now and forever ♪ keep in the glory now and forever more ♪ ♪ you better give him the glory ♪ ♪ now and forever more
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♪ now and forever more ♪ give him the glory ♪ yeah ♪ now and forever ♪ give him the glory glory glory ♪ ♪ give him the glory glory glory glory ♪ ♪ give him the glory glory glory glory ♪ ♪ now and forever ♪ more more more ♪ more alright, so this tylenol 8-hour lasts 8 hours...
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by any measure, you'll love them. look for bigger biscuits, cinnamon rolls and crescents from pillsbury. >> larry: the lovely tyra banks was my guest recently. i gave her a present. at least now i know she's not going to regift it. watch. >> hey, mr. larry king. hi. it's tyra banks here. now, you gave me a very early holiday gift when i was on your show. you took them right off your body and gave it to me. and i'm doing my holiday show right now and i decided to rock your gift. check it out. whoo! these are straight off your back. and i'm wearing 'em. what do you think?
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what do you think? next caller. next caller. i love you, larry. happy holidays. say happy holidays. >> happy holidays! >> larry. larry. larry. go larry. go larry. go larry. go larry. >> happy holidays, larry. >> larry: back at you, tyra. more great music ahead. "american idol's" katherine mcphee. and the beautiful -- and i have some prejudice here -- shawn king, are coming up. >> some of my favorite christmas memories are just of family. that's been a big thing for any holiday, but especially the holiday seasons. being able to spend time with my family. i would be little. we would go christmas caroling. my brothers and sisters and cousins and just go with the santa hats around singing christmas songs. and we also used to perform as a family at like retirement homes and hospitals. and those are just -- those are some of my favorite memories we
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had. being able to give back to other people in any way we can. i mean, like we -- didn't feel like i could do much for other people, but music was something i felt we could give back with. opening presents by the tree. and having christmas dinner together at my grandparents' house. we also used to have some talent shows. we used to do talent shows and just have family take turns performing and stuff. it was fun. >> i think when it snowed it made may little gray industrial town into this magical landscape. i used to work with my daddy on the milk round. we were the first people, 5:00 in the morning, to disturb the snow. so that memory for me was imagi magical. i still love the snow. even though it was cold and after a few hours i was pretty miserable. when you first went out there, this was great. >> the song that i sang -- that i sing called "god love the holidays," talks about bringing
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the family around the christmas tree, and how that really does change everything. and just having everybody around, my family, my friends and people that i really love. and just remembering what christmas is really about. for me, the birth of my savior. and that's a big deal. >> well, i have many memories because when -- because christmas is for children and when i was a children, when i was a child, my family, christmas was truly the most beautiful holiday of the year. i remember in particular a beautiful train that my father built for us. for me, for my brother. beautiful, really beautiful. i remember also a big disappointment because one year,
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my parents -- like a big present for christmas gave me encyclopedia. this encyclopedia in italian means "to know." but for me, it was a terrible, terrible present. ♪
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>> larry: sting's performance earlier in the show was so great we asked him for an encore. fortunately, he obliged and he also talked to us about his reflections on the holidays and on winter. you can catch that on our blog at cnn.com/larryking. now from his new album "if on a winter's night," here's sting with "soul cake."
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♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ and three for him that makes us all ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ anything good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ bless the master of this house ♪ ♪ and the miss stress also ♪ and all the little children around the table grow ♪ ♪ the cattle in the stable ♪ the dogs at your front door ♪ and all that dwell within your
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gates ♪ ♪ we'll wish you ten times more ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ ♪ please good missus a sole cake ♪ an apple a pear a plumb or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good things to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ and three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ ♪ go down into the cellar ♪ and see what you can find ♪ if the barrels are not empty ♪ we'll hope that you'll be kind ♪ ♪ we'll hope that you'll be kind ♪ ♪ with your apple and your pear ♪ ♪ and we'll come no more a soulin' ♪ ♪ till christmas time next year ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul
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cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plum or a cherry ♪ ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul and three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ made us all ♪ for him that made us all ♪ the streets are very dirty ♪ my shoes are very thin ♪ i have a little pocket ♪ to put a penny in ♪ if you haven't got a penny ♪ a half penny will do ♪ if you haven't got a penny ♪ god bless you ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plum or a clerry ♪ ♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪
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♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple, pear, plum or cherry ♪ ♪ anything to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter one for paul ♪ three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ three for him that made us all ♪ [ applause ] ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple a pear a plum or a cherry ♪
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♪ any good thing to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ an apple, pear, plum or cherry ♪ ♪ anything to make us all merry ♪ ♪ a soul cake a soul cake ♪ please good missus a soul cake ♪ ♪ one for peter two for paul ♪ three for him that made us all ♪ ♪ three for him that made us all ♪ >> thanks, everybody. thanks for coming out. boss:hey, glad i caught you. i was on my way to present ideas about all the discounts we're offering. i've got some catchphrases that'll make these savings even more memorable. gecko: all right... gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...? boss: how 'bout this? gecko: ...they're the bee's knees?
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>> larry: another "american i l idol" favorite katharine mcphee has a new look. also has a brand new album coming out in january called "unbroken." you can down load the song you're about to hear on itunes. but after you watch this. watch it here, thanks. here's catherine mcfee with "i'll be home for christmas." ♪ i'm dreaming tonight of a place i love ♪ ♪ even more than i usually do ♪ and although i know it's a long road back ♪ ♪ i promise you ♪ i'll be home for christmas
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♪ you can count on me ♪ and mistletoe and presents under the tree ♪ ♪ christmas eve will find me ♪ where the love light dreams ♪ i'll be home for christmas ♪ if only in my dreams
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♪ i'll be home for christmas ♪ you can count on me ♪ please have snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree ♪ ♪ christmas eve will find me where the love light gleams ♪ ♪ i'll be home for christmas if only in my dreams ♪
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♪ if only in my dreams ♪ ♪ if only in my dreams ♪ ♪ la, la, la, la ♪ la, la, la, la >> merry christmas. eeeeeee
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>> larry: we are going to close our holiday special by featuring my wife shawn king.
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she's here not because she's my wife. she's here because slees a terrific singer with a great son song. this tune was written by bruce roberts. kenny g, may have heard of him, is featured on the sax. here's shawn king and "gotta love the holidays." enjoy. ♪ the weatherman is claiming it's gonna keep on raining and everybody swears it's his mistake ♪ ♪ just keep the faith ♪ gotta love the holidays ♪ there's dinner in the oven ♪ the whole familiar damly's coming ♪ ♪ and no one will be fussing
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about their weight ♪ ♪ we'll open our place ♪ gotta love the holidays ♪ any other day is just another day to me ♪ ♪ and oh, get the family round the christmas tree ♪ ♪ that changes everything ♪ i'm too old to be sneakin', but soon i will be peekin' ♪ ♪ there's still some presents left i've yet to shake ♪ ♪ some things don't change
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♪ gotta love the holidays ♪ ♪ gotta love the holidays ♪ though any other day is just another day to me ♪ ♪ but oh, get the family round the christmas tree ♪ ♪ that changes everything
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♪ the weatherman's insisting the the most we'll get is misting ♪ ♪ i guess his prophesying ain't that great ♪ ♪ oh oh, hey hey, i'll see some flakes ♪ ♪ gotta love the holidays ♪ gotta love the holidays >> larry: how about that? from the whole gang at our house, everyone at cnn, "larry

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